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Leid Stories—Indictment of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Ex-Tech Aide Opens Many Cans of Worms–08.21.17

George Webb, a citizen journalist with Crowdsource the Truth, who was the first to raise pointed questions about Imran Awan, returns with more answers about the Pakistan-born IT engineer who owned and operated his own private business while managing to add several dozen high-level congressional accounts, most of them from Democrats serving on committees handling classified information. On July 24, …

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Nadia Prupis – As Rule 41 Quietly Passes, Trump to Inherit Expanded Hacking Powers

Changes to a rule that expand government hacking powers quietly went into effect at midnight on Thursday, after senators failed to halt their implementation. The amendments (pdf) to Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure now allow intelligence agents to get warrants to hack into computers that are outside of the judicial district where the warrant was issued, …

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Lauren McCauley – As Trump Transitions to Power, ‘Cabinet of Horrors’ Takes Shape

As President-elect Donald Trump began his transition to power on Thursday, early reporting has opened a window into what the nation can expect as his “cabinet of horrors,” as AFP put it, takes shape. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Rudy Giuliani, Ben Carson, Newt Gingrich, Florida Gov. Rick Scott, and former Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin are among the more high-profile …

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Sarah van Gelder – Choosing a President in a Time of Climate Crisis

The burning of Fort McMurray in the Canadian province of Alberta is a terrifying glimpse of what a climate crisis looks like. While scientists are cautious about attributing any one event to global warming, the months without rain followed by unusually high temperatures are exactly the sort of conditions associated with a warming planet—and they set the conditions for big …

George W. Bush Did Something Much Worse Than Lie Us Into War

The Iraqi regime possesses biological and chemical weapons, is rebuilding the facilities to make more and, according to the British government, could launch a biological or chemical attack in as little as 45 minutes after the order is given. The regime has long-standing and continuing ties to terrorist groups, and there are al Qaeda terrorists inside Iraq. This regime is …